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Navy Secretary Establishes ’1 Gigawatt Task Force’

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  • January 29, 2012
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has set up a task force to assess renewable energy projects that will help the service produce or consume one gigawatt of renewable energy on its installations, the service said last week.

“One gigawatt of renewable energy produced from sources like solar, wind, and geothermal could power a city the size of Orlando, Florida, while increasing the security and flexibility of the energy grid,” Mabus said in a written statement.

Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, will chair the task force. President Obama referred to the initiative during his State of the Union address last week, highlighting the Navy’s commitment to purchase “enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.”

The service will rely on public-private partnerships to acquire 1 gigawatt of renewable energy, as well to meet its larger goal of obtaining half of all its energy from alternative sources by 2020, reported Federal Times. Potential mechanisms include enhanced use leasing, power purchase agreements and energy savings performance contracts.

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